Southern University named retired city police Capt. Ronald L. Stevens as the new campus chief of police on Friday.

Southern Chancellor James Llorens said in a prepared statement that he made the choice based on a recommendation of a campus search committee and interviews he had with finalists for the position.

Stevens worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department for 29 years, retiring in July 2004. While there, he served as shift sergeant, shift lieutenant, a patrol officer and a detective. He also was commander of the Police Department’s Operational Services Bureau and Communications Division.

For the past three years he has been an investigator with the Louisiana Department of Justice in the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Stevens is expected to take over the job Oct. 24.

“I believe that Capt. Stevens brings experience and a vision that will provide a high level of leadership in the day-to-day operations of the department,” Llorens said in the announcement. “I am also impressed by his focus on providing opportunities to upgrade the technology in the department.”

Stevens stated that he intends to make the department more campus friendly and compassionate.

“As always, I want to make sure that our officers are doing everything to make students, faculty, staff and visitors feel safe at all times on Southern’s campus,” Stevens stated.

Former Southern Police Chief Michael Morris was fired last year in the wake of a string of television thefts from the athletic department.

Retired State Police Col. Terry Landry had served as the interim chief.